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The Pentonville Gallery

London, United Kingdom

No longer functioning - funded by GLAA (Greater London Arts Association) and Camden Council. Pentonville Gallery was established by Geoff Evans and was located at a series of different spaces across London, one of its last locations being 4 Whitfield Street, London.

That particular location was where A Fashionable Marriage, a solo exhibition by Lubaina Himid took place (27 November - 20 December 1986). The exhibition was a late 20th century reworking of Hogarth’s fourth painting in his celebrated mid 18th century  series, Marriage a La Mode. The painting in question The Toilette (the name on its frame), was called The countess’s morning levee. The painting had recently (in 1985) been used on the cover of David Dabydeen’s Hogarth’s Blacks: Images of Blacks in Eighteenth Century English Art (Dangaroo Press). The poster for Himid’s exhibition doubled as the exhibition’s brochure, with information on the reverse. The four sections of the brochure text began with a sentence or two about Hogarth with references to publications on  the artist. The second section was a visual guide to how Himid’s re-imagined characters could be read. The third section was a summary of the exhibition, and the fourth section was a brief Himid CV, though her name was twice misspelt as ‘Lubainia’.

Pentonville Gallery, Whitfield Street was also the venue where [Keith] Piper & [Donald] Rodney held their collaborative exhibition, Adventures Close to Home (6 August - 5 September 1987).

An obituary on Geoff Evans (who died aged 66 in 2011) appeared online in Camden New Journal. Currrently online at archive.islingtontribune.com/geoff-evans-%E2%80%93-gallery-founder-who-believed-power-art (accessed 18 October 2017)  

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»  A Fashionable Marriage

Invite relating to an exhibition, 1986

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»  New Reviews

Review relating to an exhibition, 1986

click to show details of Piper & Rodney: Adventures Close to Home - opening party card

»  Piper & Rodney: Adventures Close to Home - opening party card

Invite relating to an exhibition, 1987

click to show details of Piper & Rodney: Adventures Close to Home - press release

»  Piper & Rodney: Adventures Close to Home - press release

Press release relating to an exhibition, 1987

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»  Walk-in riot requiem

Review relating to an exhibition, 1987

Exhibitions at this venue

People who have appeared at this venue

»  Lubaina Himid MBE

Born, 1954 in Zanzibar, Tanzania

»  Keith Piper

Born, 1960 in Malta

»  Donald Rodney

Born, 1961 in Birmingham, England. Died, 1998